Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Last night in Little Rock put me in a haze (Grand Funk Railroad) #121

Grand Funk Railroad We're An American Band/ Creepin (Capitol, F 3660, 1973)

Grand Funk Railroad are one of my eldest son's favourite bands. I'm surmising but I think it's the unpretentious earthy dumbness he appreciates.

Somehow this bluesy Cream style trio of boys from Flint Michigan were huge in the late sixties, early seventies.

By the time We're An American Band went to the top of the charts the band had added a fourth member and became more pop rock oriented. Having Todd Rundgren producing didn't hurt as this and the next single both went to number 1.

Hidden gem: Creepin is a longish track from the album (elsewhere The Railroad, also on the parent album, was used). It's quite tasteful - a mid tempo bluesy song with some nice organ - the antithesis of the A side's bluster.

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